The best shows in town are still the United Artists gems unfolding into May at the Film Forum. On Wednesday, April 9, John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy (1969), with Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, Brenda Vaccaro, John McGiver, Barnard Hughes, Ruth White, Jennifer Salt, Gilman Rankin and Bob Balaban will screen at 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40.
Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11, will feature Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977), with Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall, Janet Margolin and Sigourney Weaver; show times are 1, 4:25 and 7:30. Those same dates will also feature Carl Reiner’s Where’s Poppa (1970), with George Segal, Ruth Gordon, Trish Van Devere, Ron Leibman, Rae Allen, Vincent Gardenia Barnard Hughes and Rob Reiner; show times are 2:50, 6:15 and 9:40.
Saturday, April 12, will feature Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966) with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach; it screens at 1 and 8:30.
Also on April 12, screening at 4:30 only, will be Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story (1961), with Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn, Tucker Smith and Simon Oakland.
Screening on Sunday, April 13, and Monday, April 14, will be Charles Laughton’s Night of the Hunter (1955), with Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin, James Gleason, Sally Jane Bruce, Peter Graves and Evelyn Varden. The show times are 1:30, 5:10 and 8:50 on Sunday, and 1:30, 5:10, 9:30 on Monday.
John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962) with Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver and Khigh Dhiegh, will screen on Tuesday, April 15; its show times are 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30.
Finally, screening on Wednesday, April 16, will be two of the toughest and most monstrous movies of the supposedly placid Eisenhower 50’s (actually, my favorite decade for both Hollywood and foreign films): Alexander Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success (1957), with Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Sam Levene, Barbara Nicholas, Emile Meyer, and Jeff Donnell (showing at 1:20, 5:15 and 9:20); and Robert Aldrich’s The Big Knife (1955), with Jack Palance, Rod Steiger, Ida Lupino, Shelley Winters, Everett Sloane, Jean Hagen, Wendell Corey and Wesley Addy (screening at 3:10 and 7:05).